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‘Keep the horizon straight’ is one of the important composition rules in photography where the horizon has to be kept parallel to the horizontal side of the frame. Similarly keeping the vertical lines parallel to vertical side of frame creates a balance in the image, there are perspective control (PC) lenses also known as Tilt & Shift lenses which help in overcoming the problem of converging verticals.
A slight tilt is considered as a mistake but an intentional tilt, a deliberate slant where degree of tilt is quite high is the Dutch Tilt or Dutch Angle. Not to be confused with the country Holland or Netherlands, the term ‘Dutch’ originates from ‘Deutsch’ meaning German. So basically Dutch Tilt, Dutch Angle and German Angle are same and used very often in cinematography.
In this technique the camera is set at an angle similar to tilted head where horizon is not parallel to the bottom of the frame. By using the line dynamics, a drama is created in the scene and causes an uneasiness or tension. The eyes, used to seeing the symmetry and balance, notice the drastic change in perspective of the subject.
Using diagonals while composing changes the scene from one point perspective to two point perspective, the subject looks three dimensional. Here either the subject is turned around or camera is moved to see the depth in the subject. In Dutch Tilt, the camera is set at an angle on its roll axis making the lines appear diagonal instead of parallel to the sides of the frame. The angle is quite unique and make a tremendous impact on the viewer and can also lead to abstraction from a definite form or shape. Besides catching the attention, the angle can make the viewer think about the subject and interpret in own way.
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Jodhpur in Rajasthan is also known as the blue city, for the blue painted houses. Old photographs of the city prove beyond a point the presence of such a riot of blue. But today the city is in a confused state of mind, caught between the modern and traditional way of existence. Like any other city in the world,traditions are being overtaken by contemporary models of survival. Both co-exist but for how long and who wins the battle is anybody’s guess.
So here I was in the city but only for a very short duration. For some reasons all my trips to Jodhpur have been very short ones. Sometimes I have just taken the flight back from the city,but all the times I have been able to get some kachauris packed for home. I have not got much opportunity to explore the city,last visit involved just a drive to the Mehrangarh Fort and that too in the evening when the place was about to close for the day for visiting.
This time I could manage half a day in the second half of the day to roam around and briefly scan the place. And then someone suggested to walk up to Mehrangarh Fort through the city which was a brilliant idea. Moving through the narrow streets to reach the spectacular and massive landmark, experiencing traditional city undergoing change to meet the history. This was a long,slow and interrupted walk where journey was as interesting as the destination. It was a quest to find blue,a search for identity of the city which is in the process of vanishing .
It is always advised to start the journey with a full stomach and I strongly believe in this.
And when in Rome do as the Romans do, so it is best to stick with the local street food and the humongous cooking-pot full of samosas getting deep fried was mouth watering.
The confused state of city is evident in the new structures which are coming up with a mix of old architecture.
The city features in the list of must visit places in Rajasthan and being a place frequented by travelers,the dwellers are quite tourist savvy and not camera shy.
Ghantaghar, Clock Tower is the place which connects to the road leading to the Fort.
The narrow streets are lined up with houses of different architecture and different look of exteriors. Not every house is blue,some have patches of blue and in some the clolour blue trying to peep out of a freshly painted coat of a lighter tone.
After almost an hour of maneuvering in the congested yet quite clean lanes and bylanes, the boundary of Fort is visible and this happens to be the last house on this street and it is a big blue house.
The fort is built higher than the city,so it actually is a climb and the city is now visible from a height. Not many blue houses can be seen, a disappointing view if compared to older images.
By now the samosas are fully digested and it is time to try out something new. Freshly made bhujiya , is another must have in Rajasthan though Bikaner is more known of this delicacy.
The sun has started to set giving indications to me to end the quest. Some quick shots before calling the day.
Well it said that journey never ends and the quest also continues. Found some more blue at the airport while waiting to board the flight. A bonus….
All the photographs here feature some tone of blue in the various elements,blues walls,blue skies,blue clothes. Half a day is too less to explore and enjoy a place but this half day was well spent and gave good insights and an unforgettable experience.
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